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Green County voters have spoken

On a night when voters across the country rejected Democrats, 27th District Senator Jon Erpenbach was reelected.
On a night when voters across the country rejected Democrats, 27th District Senator Jon Erpenbach was reelected.
Lori VanNatta

It was a mixed bag of results from Green County's voters in the mid-term election Tuesday.

Voters in the south central Wisconsin county, departed from those around the state on couple of statewide offices.

Those are:

The Governor's race in which Green County voters gave a slight edge to Tom Barrett , while statewide Scott Walker was elected to his first term as Governor.

The United States Senate race where Republican Ron Johnson trounced incumbent Democrat Russ Feingold, yet Green County voters continued to support Feingold giving him the edge 53% to 46%.

However, the Democrat stranglehold on Green County carried over to support Second District Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin over Republican challenged Chad Lee.

In the Secretary of State's race, Green County voters went heavily for incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette. LaFollette held on to the seat defeating Republican David King of Milwaukee.

27th District State Senator Jon Erpenbach held a double digit lead over challenger Republican Kurt Schlicht as Erpenbach was re-elected to the State Senate.

Green County residents will also now be represented in the State Assembly by a Democrat as Evansville resident Janis Ringhand defeated Dan Henke (R-Monroe) for the 80th Assembly seat vacated when Brett Davis (R-Oregon) chose not to run instead pursuing a failed bi for the Republican Lt. Governor's seat.

Green County has a new Sheriff and Coroner as two newcomers ran unopposed for the seats. Jeff Skatrud, a Democrat won the Sheriff's race to replace retiring Sheriff Randy Roderick and Kristen Haase, a Republican, won the Coroner's race replacing retiring Jan Perry.

Nine precincts in Green County voted on a referendum question to allow Madison Area Technical College to borrow $133.7 million to be used for a major expansion. The question was approved in Green County, which passed.

The other referendum on Green County ballots was whether the state's constitution should be amended to disallow future governors and legislatures from using funds from the state's transportation fund to supplement the state's budget. The question passed almost two to one in Green County.


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